F-35 FOR CANADA.
The F-35 will be Canada's next fighter. In a process more than ten years in the making, the Canadian government officially announced that it is entering talks with Lockheed Martin to procure 88 F-35A Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft. If talks break down, the Canadian government reserves the right to approach Saab and acquire the Gripen instead. This scenario is highly unlikely... But not impossible given the long sordid history of the FFCP. Canada first announced that it was buying the F-35 way back in 2010, only to be "reset". It appears we have come full circle. What was the point? The truth is, the initial decision to purchase the F-35 was incredibly flawed. Costs were unrealistically optimistic. The aircraft's development was deeply troubled. No serious consideration was given to any other aircraft. Even the number of aircraft to be purchased (65) seemed to be shockingly low. Canada made the right decision to "reset" the purchase